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Santa Ana Police Officer to Plead Guilty to Federal Bribery Charges

Posted by John Rogers | Jan 07, 2021 | 0 Comments

A police officer from the Santa Ana Police Department (“SAPD”) is expected to plead guilty in federal court to federal bribery charges. Steven Lopez, 28 of Chino, agreed to plead guilty before U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright.

In this plea agreement, Lopez accepted more than $128,000 in bribes from a crime figure seeking information to thwart law enforcement activities against an illegal operating business.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, “[I]n August 2020, Lopez accepted $16,000 in bribes from C-Schemer-1, the plea agreement states. Lopez further admitted that in September 2020 he solicited a bribe payment of at least $5,000 from Co-Schemer-1, who met Lopez – who was on duty and wearing a police uniform…”

His plea agreement also notes that some transactions occurred across the street from the SAPD on the top floor of a public parking structure. Lopez will face a statutory maximum of 10 years in federal prison.

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